Important Message On Coronavirus

Foundation Scotland – We are open

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.
We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are now are working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Staff work travel has been suspended so we will hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

Please do get in touch, as normal, if you have questions.


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12 June 2020

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Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund Panel awarded £29,380 in its Spring funding round – contributing to a diverse range of projects.  All six take account of the current pandemic, but are looking ahead to a longer-term impact too.

Grantshouse Community Council and Reston Community Company were each awarded significant grants to purchase ride-on mowers, enabling them to properly maintain woodland walks and amenities around the Eyewater and Riverside Park respectively.  Both areas offer wonderful outdoor environments that are enjoyed and well-used by residents – as emphasised during the recent coronavirus situation.

Indoor activities also received a boost!  Eyemouth High School Parent Council was awarded funds to purchase treadmills and gym matts as part of their determination to revamp the school’s fitness suite.  The new equipment will enable generations of pupils, teachers and other users to enjoy regular exercise no matter the conditions outside - and hopefully foster active lifestyles long into adulthood.

Cookery was at the heart of two grants awarded.  Outside The Box Development Support Ltd was awarded funding to continue its innovative LINKS (Linking Ideas for Nourishment, Knowledge and Support) project offering workshops, events, shared cooking and eating sessions for individuals and families across the local area.  And based in the old Post Office in Gavinton, The Learning Space provides a positive educational learning environment for children and young people requiring additional intensive support to overcome barriers to learning.  A grant from the Drone Hill Fund will contribute to the costs of purchasing gas burners for their ovens, enabling children with significant additional support needs from across the region to get involved in baking and cooking, together with specialist 1-to-1 support.

David Ward, from The Learning Space highlighted the importance of the grant: “The Learning Space is a small rural charity that works with young people experiencing barriers and challenges in their lives.  The funds generously given by Drone Hill community wind farm will help us to complete the renovation of the old Gavinton bakehouse ovens which are over 100 years old.  We look forward to making pizza and bread with the young people soon.”

A grant was also awarded to “Berwickshire Coastal Arts: One Coast, Many Voices” to enable a professional recording of its “People and the Sea” stage production. This stage show will involve a range of art forms including song, music, dance, visual art and film, showcasing a collection of personal stories from interviews with local residents about their lives on the Berwickshire coast. The final production will be performed in Eyemouth and hopefully in Edinburgh as part of an International Storytelling Festival.  The main production costs are covered by Creative Scotland, and Drone Hill’s grant funding will pay for over 100 DVDs to be produced for local libraries, schools and village halls, so that generations of local residents can re-live the dramatic stories which will make up the production.

Eleanor Logan, project manager for the “People and the Sea” production, is ensuring the project reflects coastal life in the current pandemic: " We are currently in the process of writing our production – with the community.  With all of our lives changed by Covid-19, the production will of course be exploring the impact on Berwickshire coastal towns and how they are demonstrating amazing resilience and community spirit.  Being able to record the final production means we will be able to share this wide and far for years to come, so we are really delighted to receive it.  Many thanks to Greencoat, the volunteer Panel and Foundation Scotland.”

Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager from Foundation Scotland, said:  “The recent awards recommended by the Panel highlight how valuable the breadth of the Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund is.  The Fund can consider a wide range of projects and activities, enabling the Panel to really focus on the projects that will have the most impact in the local area.  The latest round of grants is a great example of this.”

The application deadline for the next Drone Hill Community Fund Round is 18th September 2020, with full details on Greencoat Drone Hill page.


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